It happens as if by magic. This week, Georgia’s Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called prenatal heartbeats fake sounds “manufactured” by the patriarchy. What do you know then? Planned Parenthood’s website has been updated to continue the same story.
Planned Parenthood recently revamped its description of an unborn baby’s heartbeat to prop up the conspiracy theory that the pulsation of the infant’s blood-pumping, developing heart as measured by technology is not actually a heartbeat. The web page in question, titled “What happens in the second month of pregnancy?” outlines the developmental milestones unborn babies reach during the middle of the first trimester.
An archived version of Planned Parenthood’s website from July shows “a very basic beating heart and circulatory system” are present in a baby’s in utero development around 5 to 6 weeks gestation.
Planned Parenthood’s modified page, however, claims an unborn baby’s heartbeat is actually just “cardiac activity” that “sounds like a heartbeat on an ultrasound.”
“A part of the embryo starts to show cardiac activity. It sounds like a heartbeat on an ultrasound, but it’s not a fully-formed heart — it’s the earliest stage of the heart developing,” the…